Archive of Human Genius

We are building the world’s largest database of social change milestones, from the first fire to today's good news. Change is not only possible, it has happened consistently throughout human history.

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    NOTE: We cannot guarantee we will post all stories submitted here. We only post stories that represent milestones in human development (as opposed to “feel good” stories). We want something that would make sense to put on a timeline of human progress. For example, a story like “Random customer leaves a huge tip” isn't a great fit. “Country X passes economic inequality reform bill” is a great fit.

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